When it comes to achieving thicker, fuller, more voluminous hair, there’s nothing us fine, flat, and thinning hair types wouldn’t do to get a little extra oomph. But with so many products out there, finding the best choice for you and your hair can be overwhelming.

So, if you want to learn how to add volume to hair, we got you! Check out our guide below for the ultimate volumizing regime, starting with basic hair plumping and then layering on the most effective volumizers to reach your hair’s full potential! 


Each of the Color Wow formulas below works differently to help you make the most of your hair and get larger-than-life results. Maybe you want to thicken and plump baby fine strands. Maybe you want to give pancake flat hair a lift. Maybe you need to zhuzh up second day hair. Or maybe your goal is just jaw-dropping, big bold bombshell style. No matter how you want to “biggie up” your style, there’s a Color Wow product engineered to give you the volumising effect you want.


Technically, there are several key ways to give your hair body, bounce and dimensional volume.

  1. You can add “girth” and mass to individual hair strands
  2. You can lift hair up at the roots so it falls in a fuller cascade
  3. You can help push hairs apart so hair appears lush and dense
  4. You can give silky fine hair “guts” and texture
  5. You can camouflage and fill in sparse, thin hair spots on your part and scalp so hair looks thicker and more dense

Our award-winning Color Wow scientists have created first-of-a-kind volume boosters that deliver on every dimension! You can use one, or combine them all biggest, bounciest glossiest hair ever. Read more to find the best combo to give your hair more volume!

color wow carb cocktail

1. DREAM COCKTAIL CARB-INFUSED: Make a BIG difference with one blow-dry

Carb Cocktail is the ultimate no-brainer prep step for how to create volume in hair before you even start styling! Formulated with a carb-based complex, this super-charged heat protectant and leave-in treatment plumps and “fills out” each strand as you blow dry for hair that looks naturally fuller.

Just add 2-3 pumps to your hair before your regular blow dry routine (requires heat to activate) and watch your hair thicken just like that!

When to use: On damp hair before blow drying

Visit our Cocktails FAQs page for more information on how to use Carb Cocktail. 


color wow xtra large2. XTRA LARGE VOLUMIZER: Overall volume + luxe, thick, glossy texture

Xtra Large is the game-changing, best-selling volumizer that doesn’t use alcohol, salts or drying resins (like typical formulas) that dry out hair and rough up the cuticle to push hair apart and create volume.

Instead, it adds a weightless polymer blend (fortified by Bamboo) to the surface of hair that helps create bombshell volume while leaving your cuticle intact and healthy!

The result? Instantly thick, luxe, voluminous hair that’s soft to the touch, glossy, luxe and bouncy from root to ends… never stiff, sticky or crunchy!

When to use: On damp hair before blow drying or air drying

Find out how to use Xtra Large like a pro with our comprehensive guide.


color wow raise the root3. RAISE THE ROOT: Instant Root Lifting Spray

Need a little lift at the top? Raise the Root is the ultimate insta-lift for big styles. Made with flexible polymers, it acts like a “spring” at your roots to lift your hair off your scalp for a touchable, bouncy finish. Hair never feels sticky, stiff or weighed down, plus its translucent formula will never yellow your colour.

It’s also great for touching up flattened second-day hair. Just spray, hit with heat and go!

When to use: On damp hair before heat styling or for a touch up on dry hair


color wow style on steroids4. STYLE ON STEROIDS: Long-lasting texture and volume

Style on Steroids is THE key to making your big, voluminous styles last all day. Uniquely made with moisturizing elastomers, this lightweight spray locks in instant fullness and sexy texture without ever feeling sticky or stiff (for styles that move!). Plus, it won’t leave chalky, white residues behind or glue strands together. Spray and zhuzh and watch that style go big.

When to use: Before heat styling for thermal protection + style memory; As a setting spray. Anytime to give fine, flat hair texture and volume.


color wow root cover up5. ROOT COVER UP: Perfects and thickens uneven hairlines and bald spots

There’s nothing worse than styling a thicker, fuller look only to discover you can see your scalp showing through in a few unwanted areas. Thankfully, Root Cover Up provides an instant, no-mess fix. Use its precision application brush to fill in sparse areas, bald spots or even to bring your hairline down.

Its water-proof formula lasts until you shampoo it out, so you never have to worry about it smudging, fading or running down your face (you can even swim in it!). Plus, thanks to 8 multi-dimensional shades, finding your perfect, natural-looking match is super easy. No one will be the wiser!

When to use: After styling, as the finishing touch!

So, if you’re looking for advice on how to get more volume in hair, Color Wow have got you covered! By adding products into your routine that are designed to give lift, body and fullness, you’ll be well on your way to BIG hair!


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